From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Emile Bernard
Date: Arles, Sunday, 18 March 1888
New York, Thaw Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum
Vincent sent this letter off with one to Theo dating from Wednesday, 21 or Thursday, 22 March (letter 588). It emerges from letter 585 of about 16 March that Van Gogh planned to write the present letter the following Sunday, the day of the week that he often set aside for his correspondence. Since there is no reason to believe that he departed from that plan, and lacking any other clues, we have dated the letter Sunday, 18 March 1888.
- The Langlois bridge with walking couple (
F - / JH 1370), letter sketch. Colour notations: above the sun: ‘jaune’ (yellow); on the walls under the bridge: ‘lilas’ (lilac) twice; on the path: ‘rose’ (pink) three times; on the water: ‘emeraude’ (emerald); on the far bank: ‘vert’ (green); on the grass in the foreground: ‘vert’; to the left of the man of the couple by the bridge: ‘ocre jaune’ (yellow ochre); to the right of that couple: ‘rose’ and ‘noir’ (black); above the hat of the man in the foreground: ‘jaune’; beside his arm: ‘bleu’ (blue); on his trousers: ‘ocre-jaune’; beside the woman’s head: ‘orangé’ (orange); on her blouse: ‘rouge’ (red), and on her skirt: ‘carmin’ (carmine).